U.S. to U.N.: Food Not A Right

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From the United Nations:

Another resolution that would strengthen the normative frameworks of positive rights was one on the right to food, adopted by a recorded vote of 184 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions (annex XIV). Past versions had the Assembly recognize the millions of undernourished people worldwide, which was repeated again in this year’s text. But, the present text also recognized the large numbers pushed into that situation because of the world food crisis.

What on Earth was the rationalization for this vote?

1 comment to U.S. to U.N.: Food Not A Right

  • Good point, Tyler. It’s a shame President-elect Obama failed to support change in agribusiness-as-usual with his nomination of Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture, despite calls from many of his grassroots constituency to select Denice O’Brien or Michael Pollan. Monoculture agribusiness, supported by decades of government subsidies and industry lobbies, lies at the heart of both problems depicted in the photos you shared: malnutrition in America and across the globe.

    Looks like Change will come, as always, from the bottom up rather than from the top down. Those who thought the uphill fight to elect Obama would set the keystone for fundamental transformation in our federal government: that fight is far from over.